These Two | So Much Love
Two of the little live-wires in our life. Charlie (5) on the left and Jack (6) on the right. 16 months between them and a 4 hour drive between them and us.
Our family is used to working with distance - our four other grandchildren are 6,000 miles away - but nobody explained to me how it would be with grandchildren. That you miss them so much at times that your heart is sore. That there's not a day goes by when you don't think about each of them. That your biggest wish is to have them all together under one roof, even for just a day.
Did my mother and my in-laws of my then other half feel the same when we upped and left the UK all those years ago, taking our 18 month old daughter, Jodie, with us? I'd bet my bottom dollar they did, they just never said. Because as parents, we can't dictate where (or how) our children choose to live their lives. Rather, I'm proud that we've brought up our kids in such a way that they've confidently and successfully flown the nest and made one of their own, albeit miles away. Disclaimer here... I recognise that some of the 'confidently flown the nest' was more by default than by any great parenting skills we had. It was all so much more of a wrench back then when there wasn't any social media to keep us connected, when there wasn't such a thing a Skype or FaceTime.
So what do I do when Jodie's partner, Stuart, messages to say that he and the boys will be up in our neck of the woods? I make sure my camera battery is charged and my card is empty, then I grab my nifty 50 and head to meet them at the beach! So thankful to have spent this time with them - and to have the following images that I love and will keep me going till we see them again. Love you guys!
I asked Jack to show me his new teeth but then we kind of lost his eyes!
So when I asked him to show me his beautiful brown eyes... his mouth had to open too!
And "I bet you guys can't stand together for me..." - they'll do anything to prove Nana wrong!